2016 Porsche Boxster S

Top Seven New Cars of 2016 | With Ned Jasper

Yeah, 2016 probably won’t go down as a vintage year in terms of global politics and current affairs. However, when it comes to new cars, it’s most certainly been a classic! As the man who has covered the biggest new releases for ESM this year, our man Ned Jasper picks his top seven.

Top 7 New Cars of 2016

Well, here it is. Christmas time 2016. That means festive tunes fill the airwaves, trees go up and presents are bought. That also means that it’s nearly the end of 2016. So let’s take a look back at some of the greatest new cars to come out this year. This is ESM’s top five new cars of 2016. Actually, it’s not. There were so many good contenders this year that we stretched it to seven! Yes, yes, I know I said that last year as well, but this year we really have had some rather special cars released. Here they are:

7. Porsche 718 Boxster S2016 718 Boxster SI know what you’re thinking. Great intro, best cars of 2016, and now I’m presenting you with a Porsche Boxster. What is going on? I had my reservations about this one too. This is the baby Porsche, only with fewer cylinders and a turbocharger. Not really a recipe for success is it? However, it’s been 11 months since this little gem was released and, I must say, it’s grown on me.

First, let’s talk about the heart of this little orange and black tiger. It’s down two cylinders from the previous model, but it’s up one turbo and a whole heap of power. What’s more, the Boxster S has a variable vane turbo – not necessarily something you would expect to find from this class of car.

So what about the rest of it? Underneath we have the same mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, sports car with a manual gearbox (PDK is available, too) that’s been entertaining drivers for nearly two decades. Despite the engine alterations, the recipe remains unchanged with superb handling and excellent composure. Only this time with a little more grunt. Well worthy of the number 7 spot.


6. McLaren 570GT2016 McLaren 570GT

You would think that with 562bhp, and a top speed of 204mph, the 570GT would undoubtedly be the fastest hatchback in the world. The thing is, it’s not even the fastest hatchback on this list – told you it was a good year! What the 570GT is, though, is a remarkable piece of British engineering. Not only is it a comfortable, usable supercar, it’s also stunningly good to look at, and actually practical.

First, the looks: unlike the other cars in the McLaren range, the 570GT is a little more mature. There’s no lurid paint and no stripped out interior on this show car. Instead we’ve got rich silver-grey paint, mixed with deep red leather. This car is, in my eyes, the best-looking McLaren of the lot. Now, I said it was a practical hatchback, and I wasn’t lying. In total, the 570GT has 370 litres of luggage space. Sure, it’s split between two different enclosures, but that’s still more space than a Ford Focus.

The 570GT is a remarkable piece of engineering and surely serves as proof that we’re living in a new age. No wonder McLaren has just churned out its 10,000th car!


New – Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S

A new name, less cylinders, and the addition of forced induction as standard. Is this still the same mid-engined Porsche roadster?

2016 718 Boxster und 718 Boxster SWe’ll deal with the name first, as that’s potentially the least contentious element here. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Porsche produced a number of mid-engined sportscars, that were powered by four-cylinder boxer engines, wearing the 718 badge. So whilst there’s an obvious heritage angle to play on instantly, Porsche also argues it brings the Boxster into line with other models like the 911 Carrera and 918 Hybrid. Which leaves us wondering what numbers they’ll pick for the Macan and Cayenne… It does make things a bit of a mouthful, along with adding a fair bit of nomenclature to the back end. Luckily it’s a no-cost option to delete it all should you not want all that lettering.

2016 718 Boxster SIn keeping with established 718 tradition, the new Boxster loses two cylinders to become a flat-four, after two decades of being powered by a classic Porsche flat-six motor. Does it matter? Well, the standard 718 Boxster features a 2.0-litre unit making 300 bhp, whilst the 718 Boxster S engine grows to 2.5-litres and 350 bhp. Performance is improved with a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds for the Boxster, and 4.2 seconds for the Boxster S. Decreases of 0.8 and 0.6 seconds respectively over the previous model, but only if you specify the PDK dual-clutch gearbox and the Sport Chrono pack. In case you’re wondering, those two options add over £3k to the price tag alone. Top speed is 170 mph for the regular car, with the S adding an additional 7 mph.
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